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GatesAir Fortifies Data Protection over IP Networks with New Intraplex® IPConnect Gateway

Thu 15, 03 2018

New hardware solution, to be introduced at the 2018 NAB Show, integrates award-winning IPConnect software to protect against data loss and service interruptions, and increases redundancy and security across the IP ecosystem

CINCINNATI, March 14, 2018 — GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, introduces the second-generation of its Intraplex® IPConnect content stream transport solution, now a standalone half-rack hardware device for data protection capability to a broadcaster’s audio contribution and distribution network. The configurable platform, to be introduced at the 2018 NAB Show (April 9-12, Las Vegas Convention Center), addresses the growing trend of data transport over IP networks by enhancing network resilience and security. GatesAir exhibits at Booth N3703.

As a standalone device, IPConnect provides rock-solid reliability and network security for virtually all types of IP data originating from IP audio codecs, HD Radio® streams and remote control applications via SNMP or the web. It can be used as an IP Gateway or local area network bridge device to support point-to-point applications (STL, studio-to-studio, remote contribution) as well as multipoint distribution (SFNs, DAB/DAB+ networks, content syndication). IPConnect fortifies data transport across IP networks by minimizing data loss associated with dropped packets, employing a combination of packet protection schemes with network/time diversity and packet-level forward error correction.

In addition to strengthening data transport, the new IPConnect device adds new built-in monitoring features such as SafeIP to manage redundancy for external IP sources and bandwidth measurement capability tools to help broadcasters confirm network health and capacity before launching an application.

At NAB, GatesAir will demonstrate how IP Link Connect and its SafeIP application can safeguard again packet and data loss in HD Radio® Gen4 Exgine network architectures. These losses are especially vulnerable in the E2X (exporter-to-exciter) connection, where audio and data from several channels are multiplexed before being delivered to the transmitter site(s).

“The HD Radio E2X connection is very sensitive, with an audio gap of more than one second resulting from each packet loss,” said Rich Redmond, chief product officer, GatesAir. “In this scenario, the IPConnect protects against losses of E2X packets with network redundancy, forward error correction and encapsulation using GatesAir’s protocol wrapper to harden the data payload. Additionally, IPConnect can monitor two redundant exporters at the studio and provide automatic failover between them to enhance the overall application reliability. In any IP network topology, be it for HD Radio, FM or even remote control and web traffic, IPConnect relieves our customers from concerns of packet or network loss, increases security, and offers an unrivaled level of protection against what has typically been a single point of failure.”

For network protection, IPConnect enhances security through the ability to tunnel all IP data between one or more sites, eliminating concerns of outside interference. IPConnect’s software provides extra protection through packet encapsulation, which encloses the external IP data packets in a GatesAir protocol wrapper as it moves across IP networks. IPConnect uniquely provides this protection for studio-generated data, as well as IP data from external sources. While the former might include RDS data or SNMP control signals to trigger a command at the transmitter site, the latter may incorporate program or control data coming from a network operations center, satellite feed or advertising service.

GatesAir will demonstrate IPConnect alongside its complete range of Intraplex intelligent networking solutions at its booth, including the complete range of Intraplex IP Link codecs.

About GatesAir

GatesAir, Inc., a portfolio company of The Gores Group, provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership with all products designed and assembled in the USA.

Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/gatesair, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.

About The Gores Group

The Gores Group, founded in 1987 by Alec Gores, is a global investment firm focused on acquiring controlling interests in mature and growing businesses which can benefit from the firm’s operating experience and flexible capital base. The firm combines the operational expertise and detailed due diligence capabilities of a strategic buyer with the seasoned M&A team of a traditional financial buyer. Over its 30-year history, The Gores Group has become a leading investor having demonstrated a reliable track record of creating value in its portfolio companies alongside management. Headquartered in Los Angeles, The Gores Group maintains offices in Boulder, CO, and London.

For more information, please visit http://www.gores.com.

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